Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Revealed: What Did David Say to the Engineer at the End of 'Prometheus'? 4 COMMENTS Beef up on your Proto-Indo-European BY: BRAD BREVET PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH 2012 AT 1:21 PM (ROPE OF SILICON)

NOTE: Obviously, this post contains spoilers.

Stu Holmes of The Bioscopist interviewed Dr. Anil Biltoo of the SOAS Language Centre in London, who served as the Linguist Teacher on Ridley Scott's Prometheus. In his chat learned what David (Michael Fassbender) said to the Engineer at the end of the film as there were no subtitles and it has been something many have wondered given what happens next.

Is David uttering nonsense or is there an actual language being spoken here? Stu has the answers for us as he first mentions the scene in which we see David studying Proto-Indo-European (PIE) Linguistics, in which a holographic professor, takes him through the ABC's and recites "Schleicher's Fable."

The holographic professor in this scene actually is Dr. Biltoo and he isn't at all against revealing what it is Fassbender's David says at the end of the film (listen to some isolated audio from the scene here):

The line that David speaks to the Engineer [which is from a longer sequence that didn't make the final edit] is as follows:

ida hmanəm aɪ kja namṛtuh zdℇ:taha … ghʷɪvah-pjorn-ɪttham sas da:tṛ kredah

A serviceable translation into English is:

"This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life."


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